Yannick Heim: The first step is to develop an awareness of your state of stress. To do this, we encourage a person to focus on various types of signals related to the body, emotions or cognitive processes. Fatigue, loss of appetite, irritability, and also a lack of concentration are some of the signs that indicate high levels of stress. We then talk about how our environment affects us and how we can increase our ability to control it. In short, it is about analysing the context of our lives and identifying the stress factors within it. And lastly, CBT techniques enable a person to perform self-analysis, to understand how his or her perception of certain situations may lead them to adopt behaviours that, in the long term, may either reinforce or alleviate their perceived levels of stress. The aim is to increase our level of awareness of this virtually unconscious or automatic process. The person is thus able to make a more informed decision about how to deal with his or her situation.